What is Shamanism?

Ancient, gentle, effective and result oriented!

According to anthropologists, shamanism is the oldest spiritual practice known to humankind. We know from archaeological evidence that shamanism was practiced all over the world for 100,000 years.

A shaman is a man or woman who addresses the spiritual aspects of mental or physical illness, divines information, and performs a variety of ceremonies for the community.  Shamans have taken on many roles in tribal communities. They have acted as healers, doctors, priests, psychotherapists, mystics, and storytellers (Sandra Ingerman).

Who Benefits from a shamanic session?

  • Those who have persisting symptoms that nobody can explain
  • Those who have had a difficult or traumatic experience /s
  • Those who want more for themselves
  • Those who are open to ancient, nature based modality of healing
  • Those who want to deepen their spiritual practice.

What does Shamanism work with?

  • Life transitions in all areas of your experience, such as relationships, family, or work
  • Emotional or physical imbalance, i.e depression, grief, effects of surgery, or chronic illness
  • Recovering your energetic power, or releasing misplaced energy from your body 
  • Accessing your soul's dream
  • Connecting you to your divine self

If you are called to do shamanic healing work, please consult the Teaching Winds School of Shamanic Studies page. Thank you. 

Photo by Imelda Almvqvist, 2015 Drum painted by Imelda Almqvist, 2015

Photo by Imelda Almvqvist, 2015

Drum painted by Imelda Almqvist, 2015

Ayahuasca and other psychotropic drugs

 My practice is drug-free. My belief and experience is that it is not necessary to use mind altering substances to bridge between ordinary and non ordinary realities. I have had profound shamanic experiences for myself and others through drumming, rattling, or chanting. This style of journeying fits my roots best.

Ayahuasca, Peyote and other plants are a part of ancient cultural shamanic traditions, which go back centuries. Native shamans and healers have been using these plants as sacred tools for their cultural and spiritual practices in service of the community. The plants are native to their land, and their use is supported by the spirits and ancestors of their land, their human ancestors, and the elders.

People who are not from the indigenous cultures of the plants, may take a risk of exposing themselves to more than they can handle. This is solely my opinion, and I trust that you will choose your own safe and heart-centred way into shamanism. 

With Blessings!